Paul Gilbert Style String Skipping Arpeggios

In this video guitar lesson we will take a look at the unique string skipping arpeggios style of the great Paul Gilbert.

Paul Gilbert is undoubtedly one of the most popular guitar shredders of all time. He is known for his otherworldly technique and precision. He literally never seems to ever mess up. That is why we all love him yet hate him at the same time. 🙂

The technique we are studying in the video guitar lesson is his string skipping arpeggios style. He uses this technique often in his popular instrumental "Scarified".

"Scarified" is a dual guitar instrumental that he wrote back when he was in Racer X. Take a listen to that track and you will hear a bunch of string skipping arpeggios all over the place.

This is a very exciting technique and once you get the patterns down it really isn't very difficult. In this video lesson I show you a little etude that I wrote that uses the string skipping arpeggio technique throughout.

Everything will be much easier to follow if you download the TAB first. Be sure to download it from the link below.

Paul Gilbert Style String Skipping Arpeggios TAB PDF Download

Have fun and take you time with this one. Some of the large stretches may take a little getting used to.

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Paul Gilbert Style String Skipping Arpeggios


  1. Marco on July 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Really good lesson, quite nice that you devote your hours to explain us this basic facts that sometimes are extremely complex to decipher.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. dregs28 on July 24, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Great lesson Carl…and great explanation of technique !!!!!

  3. Terry Rasor on August 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Cool lil lick

  4. Karlo Petigny on May 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    pretty hard to do, but i love it. thanks.

  5. Frank M Savedra on July 13, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I am just only learning to navigate your sight (guitar365)
    Just warming back up to where I was. Good enough for advanced.
    Sal Hudson trys stuff from teachers I’m sure we will never hear
    except intertwined in his solos. There’s always something.

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